While the exterior looks nice, the interior is clearly designed by someone who's been riding around in a limo for the past few years.
Trams have a way of getting crowded, sweaty, and dirty. The seating looks totally uncomfortable, awkward to sit in, and made from some wool material which would be very hard to clean and deodorize after reaching a stinkyness level of 99.
So in the eternal words of Steve Jobs: this is shit
Yeah... you're right. Just looking at those chairs made my back hurt.
I really like the exterior aesthetic very much, but yeah - the interior is a complete farce. The single seat should be narrower to allow someone to stand next to it on a crowded train. The cushions look very hard to swap out/wash/etc. That wood is gonna get carved names and profanity in it in like a week flat, not to mention how hard it will be to clean/maintain it.
The one thing that does concern me about the outside is how if it looks like it hits something (bike, person, debris), it will simply wedge under the front - either causing major damage or derailing the train itself. Most train cars would push something out of the way.
Just got back from 3 weeks bouncing through Europe (Stockholm, Berlin, Prague), and really learned how much a big bag can mess with a tight space.
For me, the raised footrests on the benches are the killer - no way to make any use of the raised up space, except for merely resting your feet on it (one may be able to fit their rollerbag there, but it would require lifting which isn't really accessible).
Exterior is totally future though. The dark kind.
presumably peoples feet would reside in the footrests under the benches.
Anyone who's ever ridden BART knows that cloth seats are the worst.
I commute everyday in a city with trains and busses that both have material seating that is kept clean.
Don't confuse a failure of maintenance with a failure of design.
It looks to me as though the material is designed to be removable for easier cleaning and replacement.
These cushions would get dirty REALLY quickly. In Melbourne (at least), the cushions on public transport have this ridiculous multicoloured pattern... to hide stains, marks and grime. Pretty clever.
That said, Geogrotesque on the controls looks so futuristic. Cool as hell.
looks as evil and dystopian as you'd expect from russia.
So sick! I love it :)
Looks awesome. But those seats look uncomfortable as hell.
Did no one else think it was this guy?
That's so awesome! And a bit scary.
Aesthetics are pleasing, but seems pretty impractical. Now the challenge for them is to find the middle-ground between looking cool, and being functional.
Looks like a cross between Tron and the new Robocop. I love it.
Agree on the cloth seats eventually getting filthy. Curious to see how they might deal with it..
The tram designers page: http://alexeymaslov.ru/project/show/18
Socks and sandals — gross
the design is so sexy and elegant ! but was unable to read the article. unable to translate!
Designed by George Lucas.
Looks like it was designed by Klingons.
needs more Stormtroopers
I don't feel like getting into one of those.
Perfect for crushing the people who dare to get hit by it, as there's nowhere to go apart from underneath the thing.
WHAT IS SAFETY?
They should have put the wheels somewhere other than the ground to ensure safety.
Perhaps on the side, or the roof maybe?
Wheel location is a design limitation. An tram shaped to sweep pedestrians underneath, isn't.
Cool, but seems very aggressive. I'm not russian though, so maybe there is something there I don't see.
Uh oh, it looks like the Master Control Program has sent his minions into our world!! RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!!!! SAVE THE USERS!!
Looks beautifully uncomfortable. Very sleek, and villainous, great attention to detail, futuristic and already looks like its moving 400 mph while standing still.
Looks like an Alien ware thing by http://www.alienware.com/ ? Yurk
Exactly what I think ! It looks like an hardcore gamer computer.
Ok, it looks nice, but I just want to ask what is innovative about this design? I can't find out.